I suppose the big horse racing news in West Virginia is a bill to reorganize the West Virginia Racing Commission, but I was more interested in the introduction of races for state-breds at Mountaineer:
The proposed reorganization of the racing commission is attached to state code that governs the West Virginia Thoroughbred Development Fund. Charles Town has long offered West Virginia-bred races, but beginning this year, Mountaineer will offer races for state-breds. To help kick-start the program, there are award provisions for "raisers" -- owners of yearlings (regardless of where they were foaled) at the time they finish 12 consecutive months of verifiable residence in the state.(Blood-horse)
Better news is that Mountaineer has posted its stakes schedule for 2006. It includes 4 one mile turf races for fillies and mares - the length, distance, and surface that Lady Grace seems to like the best. Regular readers know how fond I am of this "8 yo dk b or b m." But apparently, I'm not the only one. The Mountaineer Park Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association named Lady Grace its "2005 Horse of the Year".
A recent comment here noted that a "high number of well-bred rejects that show up" at Mountaineer, and Lady Grace is just one example - her sire is With Approval, 1989 Canadian Horse of the Year.
You knew I'd get back to Canada during the Canadians' Freedom to Read Week, didn't you?